host: dennis now from san diego. good morning. caller: good morning. i wanted to tell you i served in the u.s. marines from august 1974-1976. the week of the marine birthday, november 1975, i was part of a group of marines had a birthday off the base, and after the ceremony, richard nixon, the former president, came in side -- inside to greet us, and he said what is the last drink?l i was 19 at the time. we were allowed to drink on base, but not off base. i said the last corporal does not drink. he looked at me real hard and said what did you say? i said sir, the last corporal will have a budweiser, sir. he slapped the bar with his hand and set to but weiser's. he and i sat together and we talked. he talked and i listened. he told me his views about china and vietnam.